Tigers mistaken to think team good as is
The first-place Detroit Tigers are lucky to be the first-place Detroit Tigers. This season has been fun and exciting while it has also been painfully inconceivable.
Going into the season, the pitching was supposed be suspect and the hitting was only supposed to take a minor step back not fully blown stuck in reverse. The only thing that’s turned out as expected has been the defense. GM Dave Dombrowski made moves to turn it around and it has.
What’s caught fans and the organization off-guard is the freefall Magglio Ordonez and Placido Polanco have been on this year. Also the oft-injured Carlos Guillen hasn’t been able to return to the form he once exhibited. Amongst those problems with the offense, speedster outfielder Josh Anderson, acquired from Atlanta, hasn’t been able to stay in the lineup, nor have minor leaguers Clete Thomas, Jeff Larish and Ryan Raburn been able to play with any consistency.
Meanwhile Edwin Jackson has turned into a workhorse all-star, Justin Verlander found his fastball and youthful spirit again. Minor leaguer Luke French has come up and pitched brilliantly and even the struggling-of-late Rick Porcello has had an incredible season by rookie standards. The bullpen hasn’t self destructed yet and the calls for Fernando Rodney’s head have been subdued with a stellar season.
How this team is in first place is beyond me. Well not really, pitching is obviously carrying us but with the cold streaks some of the pitchers have been through is crazy. Verlander started off bad in April, Armando Galarraga had a bad May, Porcello can’t find his sinker now, Mark Prior… I mean Jeremy Bonderman is injured again and Dontrelle Willis was depressed, then happy, then depressed again… It’s not been a normal year by any standards.
Because of all the weird occurrences, I think it’d be risky at best for the Tigers to remain the same at the trade deadline Friday.
Reportedly, Dombrowski was high in the sky over Matt Holliday, who went to St. Louis, but not ready to empty the Mud Hens over him. We would have had to give up prospect Scott Sizemore, who’s been looking like the 2010 Detroit Tigers starting 2nd baseman.
I don’t know who’s on the block, but the Tigers could really use a good outfield bat. Maggs, Guillen, Anderson and Clete aren’t relaxing my mind any these days. While I do like them all, I’d rather get some consistency going and give up two of them.
If the Tigers are going to make a serious run, they have to score more than two runs a night. The only other player I think would make a difference is Roy Halladay, but I can’t foresee that happening.